RFID Microchips to be Embedded in Breast Implants
A manufacturer of breast implants has announced that it will begin selling its products with an RFID microchip embedded in the implant, partnering with a company whose CEO previously tried to market the implantable microchip as a replacement for the credit card.
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, with a staggering 300,000 women in America alone receiving breast implants every year.
Establishment Labs, a major breast, body and facial aesthetic company which has offices in both Europe and America, recently announced that it has teamed up with VeriTeQ to produce breast implants, "with a radio frequency identification tag built in, with the goal of providing information about the implant to a patient long after the device has been inserted into her body."
"EL’s Motiva Implant Matrix Ergonomix™ with VeriTeQ’s Q Inside Safety Technology is the world’s first externally identifiable breast implant," reports Yahoo Finance, adding that the microchip, which can be read via external scanners, has already been approved by the FDA.
A leading chain of plastic surgery clinics in the UK, which has asked to remain anonymous for now, intends to announce it will begin implanting patients with the technology next month.
The use of implantable microchips to track pets has become common over the last decade, but their use in human beings has consistently faced hurdles due to Big Brother concerns about people being electronically tagged like animals, as well as the biblical idea of a "mark of the beast," which some fear will eventually become a mandatory replacement for the credit card or even a universal form of identification.
The CEO of VeriTeQ is Scott R. Silverman, who was also the former CEO of Applied Digital Solutions. Ten years ago, Silverman was eager to promote the VeriChip, a syringe-injectable microchip implant for humans, as a fraud-proof replacement for credit card transactions.
Although the idea never really took off, it was utilized by Baja Beach Club to allow VIPs access to exclusive areas at nightclubs.
Media interest surrounding the issue of implantable chips began in 2002 when the Jacobs family of Boca Raton, Florida, were all implanted with a VeriChip containing their personal information for health and security reasons, as well as because the son Derek fantasized "about merging humans and machines." NBC News’ Today Show even broadcast live footage of the family being surgically implanted with their chips.
In 2004, MSNBC reported that the Mexican attorney general and his staff of 160 people had “been implanted with microchips that get them access to secure areas of their headquarters.”
Last year, CNN ran a story promoting the idea that in the future everybody will have a brain chip that will enable a third party to control their behavior.
Top futurists like Ray Kurzweil have confidently predicted that by 2029, computers and cellphones will be implanted in people’s eyes and ears, creating a “human underclass” of people who refuse to adopt the technology that will be viewed as backwards and unproductive because of their resistance to embracing the singularity - man merging with machine.